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Grand Theft Auto is a series that gamers either love or hate. I’m in the former category, but we have some people in the office here that are most certainly in the latter. The biggest issue people tend to have with the Grand Theft Auto games is the fact that there are no rules. When given that kind of freedom without true consequence, people tend to do some pretty horrible things. The fact of the matter is, Grand Theft Auto (all iterations) has been revolutionary in the gaming world. You may or may not like what the series stands for, but at the end of the day you have to pay some respect to its undeniable influence on the current state of gaming culture. Imagine the gaming landscape had Grand Theft Auto III not been a sandbox game. Kind of tough to do, isn’t it? Grand Theft Auto opened up a world of possibilities and without it, I doubt we’d have half of the hit games that we do today. Sure, someone probably would have done it eventually, but Rockstar nailed it on their first go. If they hadn’t, it’s pretty unlikely you’d have Assassin’s Creed, Saints Row or Destiny in your collection right now.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, not shockingly, took place in a fictional city called San Andreas (super-clever title, guys!) and introduced a character by the name of Carl, or CJ. While his story wasn’t the best of the series, it certainly showed that Rockstar was capable of telling a story worth paying attention to. But let’s be honest with ourselves; not many people play Grand Theft Auto for the “compelling” story. And by “not many people” I mean “nobody.” GTA fans play for the reason that GTA haters hate: the freedom. For instance, the unrestricted ability to find out how long you can survive with a five star wanted level. One of the best things about the Grand Theft Auto series is the fact that there’s enough freedom to truly make your own game within the world provided. Great mechanics, great graphics (for their day), and unique cheat codes for an extra layer of fun made San Andreas one of the best in the series.
It Does Have its Issues
While I’m a big fan of the series, there’s no denying that Grand Theft Auto in general has the tendency to draw the attention of angry mobs. They ought to hand out pitchforks and torches with every copy they sell so gamers can distribute them to friends and family. It’d save everyone some time. San Andreas, in particular, drew more heat than any other entry in the series due to its oh-so-popular “Hot Coffee” mod. If you don’t know what that is, I’m willing to bet that Google can tell you all about it. Amusingly enough, “Hot Coffee” is mild compared to things you can do in other, less hated series, like God of War, but since GTA is automatically in the crosshairs the second it hits the shelves it always gets more attention than any of the comparable releases out there.
Should You Play It?
Nah… There’s no point in looking back at a Grand Theft Auto game. While it was great for its time, it has been replaced with a superior GTA experience with the release of Grand Theft Auto V. If you got to play it in its heyday, I’m sure it was as awesome for you as it was for me. If not, so be it. But this isn’t your review, and GTA San Andreas earns a 4 out of 5 from me.